Category Archives: original

The Forbes 100

Written on November 7, 2016 at 9:45 am, by

Support letters to Sheila and Michael Forbes in their fight against Donald Trump, Balmedie, Scotland.

Chloe Caldwell: My Favorite Songs Are Like Personal Essays

Written on October 20, 2016 at 9:00 am, by

On Music: Author Chloe Caldwell on her latest essay collection and its musical influences.

Family Photographs

Written on October 13, 2016 at 7:00 am, by

The New York Film Festival presents Errol Morris on Elsa Dorfman and Petra Epperlein with Michael Tucker on the Stasi files.

The Evolution of a Kiss

Written on October 11, 2016 at 6:30 am, by

The Kiss: Everything human has its animal origins.

Phillip Garland: On Max Ritvo’s Four Reincarnations

Written on October 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm, by

A poet's call to bravely inhabit the body.

The Metamorphoses of Diane Arbus

Written on September 27, 2016 at 11:17 am, by

The Met Breuer unveils a trove of the photographer’s early work.

Taking a Long View

Written on September 16, 2016 at 11:28 am, by

The author on accessibility, black desire, and holding space for complex histories.

Donald Trump and Freshman Essays

Written on September 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm, by

On the value of uncertainty—in college essays and American politics.

Anya Groner: Healing the Gulf with Buckets and Balloons

Written on September 8, 2016 at 9:36 pm, by

How fenceline communities are gathering clues to help them combat environmental pollution.

Kavita Das: Groove

Written on September 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm, by

On Music: Etching memories, cultures, and music onto her violin.

Samantha K. Smith: What Was Left Behind

Written on September 5, 2016 at 9:10 pm, by

A daughter shares her father's first responder story about searching for bodies at Ground Zero.

Shahbaz Taseer: “How Could I Live Anywhere Else?”

Written on September 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm, by

Farhad Mirza interviews Shahbaz Taseer about his experience as a captive between two battlefronts, and how his faith gave him the hope he needed to survive.

Arlie Hochschild: Donald Trump in the Bayou

Written on September 1, 2016 at 8:35 am, by

The Tea Party, a sinkhole in Louisiana, and the contradictions of American political life.

Terrance Hayes: Half Fable

Written on September 1, 2016 at 8:34 am, by

The Kiss: A story about a giant, and a son's first kiss from his father.

Ed Winstead: The Mystery Box

Written on August 31, 2016 at 8:40 am, by

The artist Jonathan Horowitz takes on presidential politics, again.

Aya Aziz: How Do So Many People Fit Into A Single Nobody?

Written on August 31, 2016 at 8:36 am, by

Sara Elkamel interviews Aya Aziz about Islam, sexuality and the dimensions of the self

Jennifer Baum: Soot

Written on August 29, 2016 at 8:14 am, by

Breathability then and now.

Kai Cheng Thom: Giving Birth To Yourself

Written on August 29, 2016 at 8:14 am, by

Claire Schwartz interviews Kai Cheng Thom about how queer people of color birth themselves anew, protest politics in Canada, and the poetic beauty of complicated relationship.

Jose Garcia: Vote for the Cumbia

Written on August 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm, by

On Music: Hitching a Ride with the Guatemalan Chicken Bus Gypsy Caravan.

Kathleen Collins: Treatment for a story

Written on August 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm, by

PEN/Guernica Flash Fiction Series: Of heat and conversations on a rainy day.

Sophie Unterman: Of Course, Survivors Are Free

Written on August 25, 2016 at 12:52 pm, by

A writer accompanies her grandmother on a journey through sites of Holocaust remembrance.

Jonathan Basile: Who’s Afraid of AAARG?

Written on August 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm, by

The crisis of academic publishing and the uncertain future of the humanities.

Ellen Meeropol: Smoke Signals

Written on August 23, 2016 at 7:19 am, by

The KKK and a Cold War execution inform a marriage

Philip Metres: Kissing Joe F—

Written on August 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm, by

The Kiss: Boys, basketball, and a disruptive act of brother-love.

Rebecca O. Johnson: Brothermen

Written on August 18, 2016 at 7:58 am, by

In lieu of flowers.

Martina Fouquet: The Racial Dynamics of Justice—When Life Imitates Art

Written on August 18, 2016 at 7:58 am, by

Reading the OJ Simpson trial through a novelistic lens.

Jackson Bliss: Obāsan In A Cup

Written on August 17, 2016 at 12:18 am, by

Despite a life of poverty, sustenance of the heart endures.

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee: Breaking the Bars Open

Written on August 17, 2016 at 12:00 am, by

Karthika Nair’s new book brings a new narrative to an old tale

Tana Wojczuk: The Vanity of Crowds

Written on August 16, 2016 at 9:38 am, by

Shakespeare warned against treating democracy as a popularity contest.

Jose Orduña: A Good Deal of Light

Written on August 16, 2016 at 9:11 am, by

Jose Orduna on asserting personhood as resistance, the connection between activism and essays, and being 'aggressively bilingual'

Maria Esther Maciel: The Voice of Silence

Written on August 12, 2016 at 10:36 am, by

PEN/Guernica Flash Fiction Series: A couple at a restaurant is different from all the other diners.

Burhan Sönmez: Two Istanbuls

Written on August 12, 2016 at 10:32 am, by

Whitney Curry Wimbish speaks to the author about his latest novel that describes parallel cities.

Annie DeWitt: White Nights in Split Town City

Written on August 11, 2016 at 9:40 am, by

Hilary Leichter speaks with Annie DeWitt about the consequences of observation, the brutality of becoming, and Bob Ross's Happy Trees.

Yxta Maya Murray: When Lillian Bassman Destroyed Her Work

Written on August 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm, by

What do you do with your artistic legacy when the world no longer loves it?

Liza St. James: The Limitlessness of International Literature

Written on August 9, 2016 at 11:17 am, by

An interview with Adam Z. Levy and Ashley Nelson Levy, the founders of Transit Books on the power of literary translation to bridge cultural divides.

Kristina Tate: Fools Wedding

Written on August 9, 2016 at 10:44 am, by

An unplanned New York City wedding left to theatrical chance by the Dzieci Theatre Company goes off with all the hitches.

Marin Sardy: Break My Body

Written on August 8, 2016 at 10:23 am, by

On the physical and emotional shocks of truly inhabiting our bodies.

Aaron Labaree: Warehouse of Souls: Inside the last days of the Idomeni refugee camp

Written on August 8, 2016 at 10:22 am, by

For months, refugees caught in a "humanitarian logjam" near the Greek/Macedonian border lived in a makeshift tent city—until Greek officials cleared the area, replacing the fact of the camp with yet another layer of uncertainty.

Sorin Alexandrescu: An Uncommon Short-Sighted Adolescent

Written on August 5, 2016 at 12:57 am, by

Mircea Eliade's 1924 classic is now available in English translation, offering a rare glimpse into the often unseen Romania.

Anita Khan: Behind the Hostage Detention of Bangladeshi Tahmid Hasib Khan

Written on August 5, 2016 at 12:51 am, by

Even as Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka gets back to normalcy after a deadly siege a month ago, Bangladesh wrestles with the rising specter of extremism.

Solange Farkas: Video Art Finds a Home in Brasil

Written on August 4, 2016 at 10:12 am, by

The Festival Videobrasil founder discusses Brazil’s political history with video art and her vision for the nonprofit’s pioneering new art space.

Roslyn Bernstein: In the Shadow of Auschwitz

Written on August 4, 2016 at 10:12 am, by

Focusing on the living at the Galicia Jewish Museum and the Jewish Community Centre in Krakow, Poland

Elizabeth A. McInerny: Fabric of Resistance

Written on August 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm, by

An exhibition in Beirut challenges conventional perspectives to tell a political history of Palestinian embroidery

Rebecca Makkai: Light Years

Written on July 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm, by

The Kiss: A kiss on the lips that might as easily have been a kiss on the forehead.

K.T. Billey: Utmost Import: Instagram & the Future of the Icelandic Language

Written on July 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm, by

A charming mini-gallery contains pictographs that break down the etymology of Icelandic words for interested followers.

Andrew Johnson: Maybe You’re Right: It Isn’t the Guns

Written on July 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm, by

Maybe it’s only the rugged individuals divided up good and bad, vigilante and thug, shooter or shot, dead or alive.

Jessica Perez: Ragam and Ritmo

Written on July 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm, by

On Music:How an ancient dance form, performed live, connects many worlds.

Farhad Mirza: Transfiguration and Magic

Written on July 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm, by

The many lives of John Lurie

André Naffis-Sahely: Sublimated Rebellion

Written on July 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm, by

Erica Wright talks to translator André Naffis-Sahely about translating one of Morocco's greatest living poets and the 'commodity' of despair.

Anna B Scott: John Sims has a Tardis

Written on July 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm, by

The Math Artist speaks about his multi-media project involving the Confederate flag.

Lauren Elizabeth Neal: Lost in Transit

Written on July 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm, by

NIMBYism, racial fear, and class politics: the struggles of trying to connect the divided Los Angeles.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The strange legal marriage of the anti-choice movement and campaign finance

Written on July 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm, by

The same jerks after your uterus are shooting down campaign rules; one tactic just backfired.

Ryan Richardson and Siddhattha Gurung: Kurdish Autonomy, Under Siege

Written on July 19, 2016 at 9:55 am, by

How Kurdish rights continue to flounder under an authoritarian Turkey and an imploding Syria.

Nadja Spiegelman: Growing up in the Age of Terror

Written on July 19, 2016 at 9:53 am, by

A teenage girl refuses to give into the fear created by recent terrorist attacks in France.

Miles Fuller: Miss Me Like A Mormon

Written on July 18, 2016 at 11:57 am, by

How America broke Mormonism's heart

Joy Shan: To Give Memory a Place

Written on July 18, 2016 at 11:57 am, by

Pieter Hugo's latest portrait series examines the quiet afterlives of apartheid and genocide.

Peter Orner: Against words

Written on July 15, 2016 at 8:58 am, by

An elegy to a beloved pet.

Jamie McPartland: “The Internationale,” Anecdotally

Written on July 14, 2016 at 10:47 am, by

On Music: The perfect song to sing in times of uprising, at Occupy Wall Street, or before a Seder dinner—and always en masse.

Camille T. Dungy: Kiss, Kiss, Kiss

Written on July 14, 2016 at 10:46 am, by

The Kiss: Three kisses, spaced out over a mother's life.

Lara Naughton: America’s Prison Rodeo

Written on July 13, 2016 at 7:57 am, by

In Louisiana, incarceration is a spectator sport.

Mark Budman: Three Strikes

Written on July 1, 2016 at 9:18 am, by

PEN/Guernica Flash Fiction Series: A meeting with Lenin and a bus journey with canine assailants.

Abigail Fradkin: Chasing Transparency

Written on July 1, 2016 at 9:14 am, by

Discretionary policy on immigration has largely operated behind closed doors,something experts have long questioned.

J. Jezewska Stevens: BB9, Inc.

Written on July 1, 2016 at 7:49 am, by

The 9th Berlin Biennale Gets a Corporate Makeover

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan: In Between Stations

Written on June 30, 2016 at 10:42 am, by

Crossing borders in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Joseph Huff-Hannon: Morning in Machine Gun America

Written on June 30, 2016 at 10:40 am, by

Exploring American gun culture and the thin line between fact and fiction.

David J. Wingrave: The Brexit Delusion

Written on June 29, 2016 at 10:52 am, by

A British expatriate reflects on the country's "Leave" vote.

Anthony Michael Morena: The Art and Artifacts of Space

Written on June 29, 2016 at 10:39 am, by

Kelly Lydick speaks with Anthony Michael Morena about hybrid writing and the Voyager space mission as art.

Christopher Kondrich and Tracy K. Smith: Our Best Selves Are Reserved for The Page

Written on June 28, 2016 at 10:14 am, by

The poet discusses the fallouts of writing a memoir, making her way back to poetry, and the loss of David Bowie.

Evgeny Belyakov: All the World’s a Stage

Written on June 28, 2016 at 10:13 am, by

Russian theater takes on the LGBT struggle.

Ed Winstead: E Pluribus Unum

Written on June 27, 2016 at 8:55 am, by

Ed Winstead talks to artist José Parlá about his new short film and finding unity through art.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett: Ways of Seeing

Written on June 27, 2016 at 8:54 am, by

Negotiating our diversity in a world that so often defaults to skin color.

Raad Rahman: Psychotic Breaks Have Become a Race Privilege

Written on June 24, 2016 at 8:45 am, by

The consequences of undermining mental health needs for the ‘war on terror.’

Leigh Kamping-Carder: An Artist’s Tribute to Photography’s Masters Goes Viral

Written on June 24, 2016 at 8:35 am, by

The unexpected hubbub surrounding Sandro Miller's homage to classic photographs.

Tana Wojczuk: On Shakespeare

Written on June 23, 2016 at 11:50 am, by

Is Shakespeare Dead? Sex, Class, and Comedy.

Kristen Radtke: The Greatest Show on Earth

Written on June 23, 2016 at 12:29 am, by

The Kiss: When the circus is in town and a monkey's kiss means a prize.

Leia Menlove: The Chick With The Camera

Written on June 22, 2016 at 9:26 am, by

On Music: An interview compilation with Sean Yseult, cofounder of White Zombie.

Piotr Florczyk: Taking The Long Way Home

Written on June 22, 2016 at 9:22 am, by

An Immigrant father-to-be ponders what homeland means to him, and what it might mean to his daughter.

Stephanie Barton: In the Service of the Sun

Written on June 21, 2016 at 8:58 am, by

How the military, adobe houses, and finger-sized solar panels can pave the way to a more democratic distribution of energy.

Rebecca Donner: Blaming the Victim

Written on June 21, 2016 at 8:50 am, by

The night a girl learned about rape culture, first hand.

When We Let Our Scouts Get Raped

Written on June 20, 2016 at 11:40 am, by

Fear of homosexuality leaves both gay and straight kids vulnerable.

Rachel Hall: Mother Tongue

Written on June 20, 2016 at 11:38 am, by

On what a dying language leaves behind.

Abdellah Taïa: Un Jardin, en attendent

Written on June 17, 2016 at 11:25 am, by

PEN/Guernica Flash Fiction Series: A garden once snubbed becomes a solace.

Will Harrison: “Fits” and Starts

Written on June 17, 2016 at 11:22 am, by

Tracking a young girl’s transformation.

Matthew Clark Davison: Lapsed

Written on June 16, 2016 at 8:36 am, by

If I ever make it and they ask me where I’m from, I’ll say MARs: Moving, AIDS, and Religion.

Juan Villoro: Donald Trump, Illusion of Convenience

Written on June 16, 2016 at 8:35 am, by

The acclaimed Mexican writer explains why Donald Trump is a welcome distraction for the government of Mexico.

Jason Diamond: Old Money / New Money

Written on June 15, 2016 at 11:15 am, by

Edith Wharton and the Kardashian clan might have more in common than meets the eye.

David L. Ulin: Trespass

Written on June 14, 2016 at 11:47 am, by

The Future of Cities: What it means to enter a place.

Tamer El Said: Moments in Eternal Cities

Written on June 13, 2016 at 10:05 am, by

The Future of Cities: Sara Elkamel interviews Tamer El Said

Jane Marchant: A Century of Progress

Written on June 13, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

Uncovering the story of a grandmother's racial passing and its effect on following generations.

Yxta Maya Murray: Fail Worse

Written on June 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm, by

On the artistic merits of letting everything go to hell.

Rebecca Worby: Expanding the Story

Written on June 9, 2016 at 11:19 am, by

What I Learned as a New Yorker in Resilient New Orleans.

Kelly Sundberg: When You Blame Amber Heard, You Blame Me Too

Written on June 8, 2016 at 9:41 am, by

Bearing witness to the abusive relationships of others

Allison Moorer: Below The Belt

Written on June 8, 2016 at 9:41 am, by

On Music: How music and silence coexist in the mind of an autistic boy.

Kenneth R. Rosen: When a Clean Record Can’t Change its Spots

Written on June 7, 2016 at 10:16 am, by

How criminal records keep punishing long after they were intended to.

Melissa Valentine: Who are the super predators?

Written on June 3, 2016 at 11:49 am, by

Putting a human face on the negative consequences of racially biased laws.

MJ McGinn: Phoenix

Written on June 3, 2016 at 11:49 am, by

PEN/Flash Fiction: Brought to you by the Guernica/PEN Flash Series.

Adam Morris: Quiet Creature on the Corner

Written on June 2, 2016 at 10:24 am, by

An Interview with João Gilberto Noll’s Translator, Adam Morris

Livia Lakomy: Sérgio Moro

Written on June 2, 2016 at 10:07 am, by

The most loved and hated Brazilian judge and why he matters to Brazil's future.

JAŠA: The Architecture of Resistance

Written on May 31, 2016 at 11:46 am, by

The artist JAŠA on the importance of alchemy in his work, architecture as a means of expression, and the influence of Stéphane Hessel.

Adam Dalva: The Third Rail

Written on May 31, 2016 at 11:44 am, by

Reflections on life at an artists’ residency.

Kate Jenkins: Lot Lizard

Written on May 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm, by

A feature documentary considers the private lives of female sex workers at America's truck stops.

Beth Ann Fennelly: A Reckoning of Kisses

Written on May 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm, by

The Kiss: A lot of different kisses, for very different reasons, that linger in the memory.

Fred Kaplan: Signal aspect

Written on May 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm, by

Henry Peck interviews Fred Kaplan about the shadowy world of cyber war.

Zakiya Harris: Please Sample Responsibly

Written on May 25, 2016 at 10:07 am, by

On Music: The burden and blessing of sampling in hip-hop.

Stephanie Danler: Sweetbitter

Written on May 24, 2016 at 9:32 am, by

Kyle Lucia Wu interviews Stephanie Danler about working in the world of fine cuisine, restaurant orphans, and the growing pains involved in moving to the big city.

Mary Wang: Seeing Through the Fog, Part Two

Written on May 24, 2016 at 9:31 am, by

A two-part inquiry on how ancient philosophy and medicine come up against pollution and modernization in China.

Mary Wang: Seeing Through the Fog

Written on May 23, 2016 at 10:27 am, by

A two part series on how ancient philosophy and medicine come up against pollution and modernization in China

Daniel Nima Moattar: After the War

Written on May 23, 2016 at 10:12 am, by

The liberals who endorsed the war in Iraq now labor to whitewash its legacy.

Jake Robertson: We Have Full Power Relaxing

Written on May 19, 2016 at 9:55 am, by

On Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun, or, the Madness of Love.

Greg Chase: David Foster Wallace and the Aesthetics of Athletics

Written on May 19, 2016 at 9:55 am, by

A new collection of David Foster Wallace's essays considers the ties between aesthetics, sport, and capital.

Matthew Neill Null: Wanting to Die

Written on May 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm, by

Finding life in death on the edge of the Atlantic.

Anna Furman: Meeting Edward Said

Written on May 16, 2016 at 9:09 am, by

Imagining a meeting with the post-colonial scholar.

Orazio Labbate: In Love, Post-Apocalypse

Written on May 13, 2016 at 9:35 am, by

Flash Fiction: A romance at the time the world is ending.

Elizabeth Daley: Above and Beyoncé

Written on May 12, 2016 at 10:42 am, by

On Music: Bringing back the 1990s Woman.

Jenny Pritchett: Postcard from the Court of Last Resort

Written on May 11, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

How mass media declares murder—or not—in a small town.

Matt Waters: A Moment of Honesty

Written on May 11, 2016 at 10:00 am, by

On Music: A song is the complete acceptance of impermanence. It would not begin if it could not end.

Andrea Maurer: Dear Sun, Please Shine On Us

Written on May 9, 2016 at 11:53 am, by

Tracking the ongoing tragedies of Idomeni.

Kristin Prevallet: A Burning Is Not A Letting Go

Written on May 9, 2016 at 11:47 am, by

“Nothing Erased But Much Submerged” reveals memory as a process in which fragments of earth, emotion, and paper are consolidated into a singularly charged moment in which fire burns through the pages of a young girl’s diary.

Justin Burnell: Crisis of Finite Worlds

Written on May 6, 2016 at 10:52 am, by

When my father became my mother, gender reassignment in Appalachia.

Kazim Ali: A Symphony in Rain

Written on May 5, 2016 at 10:35 am, by

The Kiss: A lyric meditation on a goodbye kiss.

Alyson Foster: The View from the Fourth Floor

Written on May 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm, by

A mother reflects on her grief during her son’s illness, and on her enduring love of reading.

Gillie Collins: The Unspeakable

Written on May 2, 2016 at 10:49 am, by

How photographer Rowan Renee transforms the deeply personal past.

Elettra Pauletto: Film, Theater and Human Trafficking

Written on April 27, 2016 at 11:24 am, by

An examination of the role art can play in combating human trafficking

Stanichka Dimitrova: Urgent Messages From 200 Years Ago

Written on April 27, 2016 at 11:23 am, by

On Music: Violinist Stani Dimitrova discusses how 18th century composers are relevant today.

Stewart L. Sinclair: Burying the Remnants of Disaster

Written on April 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm, by

Reflections on the legacy of Chernobyl on the 30th anniversary.

Roslyn Bernstein: Mid-Century Modern Master Builder

Written on April 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm, by

A production of the Ibsen play embraces an unorthodox space.

Paul Lisicky: Contour and Cadence

Written on April 25, 2016 at 10:30 am, by

The 2016 Guggenheim Fellow discusses his memoir The Narrow Door.

Dolan Morgan: Insignificana

Written on April 25, 2016 at 10:29 am, by

Rita Bullwinkel interviews Dolan Morgan on Losing Touch With the Boundaries of Your Body, Where the Absurdist’s Heart Lives, and the Ecstasy of Nothing.

Catherine Lloyd Burns: Remembering John the Hotdog Man

Written on April 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm, by

A writer reflects on childhood memories of her neighborhood hotdog vendor.

Major Jackson: Where Scars Reside

Written on April 21, 2016 at 11:33 am, by

The Kiss: The observation of a kiss brings on a stream of memories.

Curtis Sittenfeld: Pride and Prejudice Then & Now

Written on April 21, 2016 at 1:29 am, by

Daniela Petrova interviews Curtis Sittenfeld on her latest book, Eligible, a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Crissy Van Meter: The Wild Wild West of Weed on the Web

Written on April 20, 2016 at 11:41 am, by

How a digital media company is challenging stereotypes about the growing landscape of marijuana culture.

Laura Kasinof: The Violence Was Once Mine

Written on April 19, 2016 at 10:18 am, by

A journalist confronts her feeling of helplessness in watching a war from afar

Brett Story: The Prison in 12 Landscapes

Written on April 15, 2016 at 11:47 am, by

Sabrina Alli interviews Brett Story about her latest film, which unearths the presence of the prison system in our everyday geographies.

Jeffrey W. Rubin: Uneasy Democracies, North and South

Written on April 14, 2016 at 10:42 am, by

Both Brazil and the United States teeter on the brink of uncertain democratic futures.

Kamini Dandapani: Untimely Melodies

Written on April 13, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

On Music: Introducing a new monthly series about music across cultures.

Megha Majumdar: Laughter as Criticism

Written on April 13, 2016 at 11:09 am, by

Notes from a School in Senegal

Michelle García: Me and Talese in the Middle

Written on April 12, 2016 at 9:23 am, by

Confronting the legendary journalist after his recent controversial remarks.

Toni Nealie: Dispersal

Written on April 12, 2016 at 8:31 am, by

An excerpt from Toni Nealie’s new book, The Miles Between Me

Prajna Desai: 3.11 still haunts

Written on April 11, 2016 at 1:34 am, by

Art and photography five years after the tsunami.

Gillie Collins: Doug DuBois and the Photography of Family

Written on April 11, 2016 at 1:34 am, by

In Good Time is the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs on exhibit at Aperture Gallery.

Burhan Sönmez: Mortal Gods in the Greek Sea

Written on April 8, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

Flash Fiction: We had no idea that a livid war was advancing on us like a sandstorm. We were committed to life, not death.

Elizabeth Senja Spackman: Proximal Grief

Written on April 8, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

Twenty-two years later, in this era of social media, how do we mourn the Rwandan genocide?

Peter Orner: While Reading Imre Kertész, July, 2013

Written on April 7, 2016 at 11:42 am, by

A small tribute upon his death.

Ilyse Kusnetz: The Secret Kiss

Written on April 7, 2016 at 11:41 am, by

The Kiss: A kiss brings relief amidst a struggle.

Karen Kovacik: Scattering the Dark

Written on April 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm, by

Piotr Florczyk interviews Polish poet, translator, professor, and editor Karen Kovacik.

Anneke Rautenbach: In Deference to the Headmaster

Written on April 5, 2016 at 11:11 am, by

Is sponsored content the death of journalism?

Sigal Samuel: The Mystics of Mile End

Written on March 31, 2016 at 10:22 am, by

Claire Schwartz interviews Sigal Samuel about Kabbalah, queer Jews, and religion as literature.

Tana Wojczuk: The Riddle of Trevor Nunn’s Pericles

Written on March 30, 2016 at 10:06 am, by

Is Shakespeare Dead?:A production of Shakespeare’s Pericles offers both promise and frustration.

Ratik Asokan: The Reality of Conjecture

Written on March 28, 2016 at 10:04 am, by

Asghar Farhadi’s cinematic legacy.

Selin Gökcesu: On Ankara

Written on March 28, 2016 at 10:03 am, by

When a bombing hits home.

Daniel José Older: This Far: Notes on Love and Revolution

Written on March 25, 2016 at 10:00 am, by

Protest, marriage, and migration in an age of ongoing crisis.

Ed Winstead: Tearing Down the Walls

Written on March 24, 2016 at 10:30 am, by

A new film takes a novel approach to Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset's life and legacy.

Patricia Smith: Bazooka Smackdown

Written on March 24, 2016 at 10:00 am, by

The Kiss: An unwanted embrace in a high school stairwell.

James Orbesen: Comically Real

Written on March 23, 2016 at 10:00 am, by

Ideology and aesthetic essentialism in super hero films.

Redfern Jon Barrett: Polyamory and the New Struggle for Civil Rights

Written on March 23, 2016 at 10:00 am, by

Why we need to recognize the changing face of Western families.

Karan Mahajan: On Small Bombings

Written on March 22, 2016 at 10:13 am, by

Ross Perlin Interviews Karan Mahajan

Hyatt Bass: Lessons from Cuba’s Incarceration Model

Written on March 21, 2016 at 10:21 am, by

A conversation between Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York, Soffiyah Elijah, and filmmaker Hyatt Bass.

Katherine Hite & Jordi Huguet: Guiding Light

Written on March 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm, by

On being a docent at Chile’s Museum of Memory and Human Rights, as told to Katherine Hite.

Nicholas Miriello: War In The Time of Selfies

Written on March 16, 2016 at 11:26 am, by

The crudely staged terror-porn of Abu Ghraib has evolved into the highly stylized and sun-kissed wartime selfie

A.M. Brune: Employee of the Month

Written on March 16, 2016 at 11:26 am, by

Catie Lazarus’s new talk show asks all the right “wrong” questions about work

P.J. Podesta: Keeping the Devil at Bay

Written on March 14, 2016 at 9:50 am, by

Why the Left should be asking for more

Sara Nović: Sign of the Times

Written on March 14, 2016 at 9:49 am, by

Future of Language: The future of American Sign Language helps everyone but the Deaf

John Sims: Celebrating Pi Day with a Political Math Artist

Written on March 11, 2016 at 1:31 pm, by

How math can inform our civil and political works of art.

Elisa Gabbert: Can Ideas Withstand Shifts in Language?

Written on March 11, 2016 at 11:36 am, by

Future of Language: Considering the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis for translation, emoji, and pop culture.

Piotr Florczyk: Retracing the Decalogue

Written on March 10, 2016 at 10:16 am, by

Remembering Kieslowski on the 20th anniversary of his death.

Kurt Brown & Laure-Anne Bosselaar: The Kiss I Would Have Spent on You

Written on March 10, 2016 at 10:15 am, by

The Kiss: A kiss transcends time, and poetry.

Darnell L. Moore & Kai M. Green: Conversation in Black

Written on March 9, 2016 at 11:32 am, by

Darnell L. Moore and Kai M. Green write to each other about life as black feminists.

Roslyn Bernstein: Coloring the Grey Zone

Written on March 8, 2016 at 11:13 am, by

In Havana, an art world in transition.

Jonathan Lee: Characters on the Outer Edges

Written on March 8, 2016 at 11:01 am, by

Kyle Lucia Wu interviews Jonathan Lee about his latest novel

Farhad Mirza: Sour Justice in Pakistan

Written on March 4, 2016 at 9:50 am, by

An execution for an assassination

Milton Läufer: Trivializing Tragedy

Written on March 3, 2016 at 11:46 am, by

An open letter to Argentine President Ing. Mauricio Macri and the Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Zion Decoteau and Chynna Seck: My History Didn’t Start with Slavery

Written on March 2, 2016 at 11:36 am, by

From learning to haggle in the medina to connecting more deeply with history, two New York City high-school students reflect on visiting Africa for the first time.

Lisa De Bode: A Reporter’s Notebook from Molenbeek

Written on March 2, 2016 at 11:34 am, by

In the fight against extremism of all stripes, Europe has failed to transcend its capitalist roots and embrace diversity.

Tim Youd: Performance Art, One Key at a Time

Written on March 1, 2016 at 11:58 am, by

Heather L. Hughes interviews artist Tim Youd on the devotional practice of retyping great literature.

Wayétu Moore: The Life of Hamet Dean

Written on February 29, 2016 at 9:32 am, by

What happens to Africa’s child soldiers when the war is over?

Lo Mei Wa: Letter to a Future Daughter on the Occasion of the “Fishball Revolution”

Written on February 29, 2016 at 8:57 am, by

When Hong Kong used to be home

Martina Fouquet: The Diversity Bubble and the Fight for Inclusion

Written on February 26, 2016 at 10:13 am, by

Why visibility is not enough

Kim Addonizio: Interlude

Written on February 25, 2016 at 1:09 am, by

The Kiss: Kissing strangers in the rain

Jamal Mahjoub: A Closer Look at The Revenant

Written on February 25, 2016 at 12:59 am, by

The depictions of Native Americans in Hollywood are still Hollywood

Leonard Nalencz: Teddy and Me

Written on February 24, 2016 at 9:51 am, by

Recalling Ted Cruz at Princeton, and some good advice

Erica Berry: Postcards from Munich

Written on February 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm, by

On the front lines of Europe’s immigration crisis

Kamal Aljafari: Unfinished Balconies in the Sea

Written on February 18, 2016 at 8:46 am, by

Filmmaker Kamal Aljafari talks to Nathalie Handal about the poetry of memory, and displacement in Palestine

Elizabeth Adams: When Justice Doesn’t Feel Just

Written on February 16, 2016 at 1:31 am, by

The unforeseen consequences of a gender discrimination complaint

Dean Kostos: This Is Not A Skyscraper

Written on February 16, 2016 at 1:31 am, by

The power of pauses, structure, and zebra metaphors at Coney Island

Chase Quinn: Watching the Watchman

Written on February 12, 2016 at 10:04 am, by

The personal and the political converge at Laura Poitras' new exhibit.

Katya Kazbek: Discourse in Danger

Written on February 12, 2016 at 10:03 am, by

The state of Russian literature today

Pico Iyer: The Kiss at Dawn

Written on February 11, 2016 at 11:38 am, by

The Kiss: In Damascus, a kiss runs even deeper than the heart

Tana Wojczuk: Shakespeare on the Frontier

Written on February 11, 2016 at 11:38 am, by

Is Shakespeare Dead?: A cultural inferiority complex leads to a quirky vision of the Bard.

Linell Ajello: More and More War Stories

Written on February 8, 2016 at 10:07 am, by

Daily life at war isn’t what we’re led to believe.

Sara Majka: Maureen

Written on February 5, 2016 at 11:31 am, by

Flash Fiction: That morning Maureen could tell her ex-husband had been drinking, but still, she helped her daughter into her coat and went back upstairs.

Ratik Asokan: Louis Draper’s Black Aesthetic

Written on February 4, 2016 at 11:06 am, by

Depicting the humanity of the dehumanized.

Peter E. Murphy: Donald Trump vs. Richard Cory in Atlantic City

Written on February 3, 2016 at 10:19 am, by

The casino magnate is hollow inside—and that's how he likes it.

Lo Kwa Mei-en: Red Poems

Written on February 2, 2016 at 9:10 am, by

Lo Kwa Mei-en speaks to Jasmine Dreame Wagner about writing words filled with blood and rhythm

Dan Sinykin: The Trump Vendor’s Art of the Deal in Iowa

Written on February 1, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

A report from the field in Iowa, where Trump gear is selling like hotcakes

Alexander Chee: Hunger

Written on January 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm, by

Flash Fiction: The food was repulsive to consider and ended hunger bowl by disgusting bowl. And yet its arrival was still welcome; it relieved the tedium.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil: Notes on the Invisible Kiss

Written on January 28, 2016 at 12:52 am, by

The Kiss: What it means to be forever altered by a kiss you never saw.

Rattanamol Singh: Looted

Written on January 28, 2016 at 12:48 am, by

How global theft fuels trafficking, unrest & cultural control

Rashod Ollison: The Soul Serenade of a Music Journalist

Written on January 25, 2016 at 9:08 am, by

Rhythm, blues, & coming of age through vinyl.

Simon Critchley: Commanded by a Black Star

Written on January 21, 2016 at 11:35 am, by

Ari Braverman speaks to Simon Critchley about the force that was David Bowie

Elettra Pauletto: How knowledge of international affairs can help survivors of torture

Written on January 20, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

Doctors at Bellevue run specialized relief programs for asylum seekers that are survivors of torture.

Tana Wojczuk: The Good Wife–Hillary Clinton as Lady Macbeth

Written on January 19, 2016 at 8:05 am, by

Is Shakespeare Dead? Along with First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, there’s one other title she just can’t seem to be rid of.

Nick Flynn: The Last Kiss

Written on January 14, 2016 at 10:03 am, by

The Kiss: The first installment of the series features a fairy tale come to life, if only for a moment.

Brian Turner: The Kiss

Written on January 14, 2016 at 10:02 am, by

The Kiss: Introducing a new series on perhaps the most intimate of human interactions, in all its forms.

Garth Greenwell: Accessing The Ecstatic

Written on January 13, 2016 at 11:41 am, by

Jonathan Lee interviews Garth Greenwell

Erik Wennermark: Swami in a Hothouse Elevator

Written on January 11, 2016 at 9:27 am, by

Lessons of peace, unity, and selflessness collide with ethnic cleansing in Modi’s India.

Laura Zabel: Art as Activism

Written on December 24, 2015 at 11:28 am, by

A look at creative humanitarian projects happening around the world

Aaron Bady: Once is a Mistake, Twice is Jazz

Written on December 23, 2015 at 11:58 am, by

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 is essentially an unfinished metal structure.

Kenneth R. Rosen: The Case for Expungement

Written on December 22, 2015 at 10:30 am, by

Police records can haunt a lifetime, but they don’t have to.

Arvind Badrinarayanan: In Conflict With Disease

Written on December 21, 2015 at 11:31 am, by

Boundaries are drawn, and erased, by disease rather than man-made warfare—but no one seems to have noticed.

Franco Galdini: Kyrgyz Mercenary, Friend or Foe?

Written on December 21, 2015 at 10:48 am, by

Russia’s long shadow over Central Asia.

Ed Winstead: Approaching Donald Judd

Written on December 18, 2015 at 11:14 am, by

An exhibition of the artist's Cor-ten steel sculptures offers a meditative experience.

Andrew S. Lewis: Wilson and the Racial Equality Clause

Written on December 18, 2015 at 11:12 am, by

What are we celebrating when we memorialize world leaders?

James Orbesen: The Force of Greed

Written on December 17, 2015 at 9:35 am, by

When art becomes just another trusted brand

Will McGrath: The Noose in Hentiesbaai

Written on December 16, 2015 at 11:21 am, by

Apartheid, Germans, and genocide in Namibia

Francisco Cantú: Mission Trail

Written on December 14, 2015 at 9:44 am, by

Boundaries of Nations: In the borderlands of northern Mexico, a legacy of violence.

Jonathan Weisman: A Britain Beyond Costume

Written on December 11, 2015 at 9:29 am, by

Boundaries of Nations: The UK isn't like Downton Abbey anymore.

Juliana Farha: Crushed

Written on December 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm, by

To occupy words.

Tavares Strachan: The Breaking is the Fixing

Written on December 9, 2015 at 9:48 am, by

The artist discusses his new show on the chemist Rosalind Franklin, the nature of history, and the role of the internet in dismantling colonial legacies.

Megan Stielstra: Teaching Engagement, Teaching Awareness

Written on December 9, 2015 at 9:28 am, by

How an inclusive curriculum could be just the disruption American classrooms need.

Anya Groner: The Public Is Us

Written on December 8, 2015 at 9:36 am, by

Reflections 100 years after Typhoid Mary’s quarantine on North Brother Island.

Maria Mitsora: Grace

Written on December 4, 2015 at 10:39 am, by

Flash Fiction: Here where I find myself in a razor-sharp eternity, grant me one deep free breath.

Katrina Woznicki: Can the Arts Provide What Schools Can’t?

Written on December 2, 2015 at 8:14 am, by

Artists and community organizers discuss racial segregation, social justice, and filling in the gaps of our public school system.

David Meanix: Face to Face

Written on December 1, 2015 at 1:11 am, by

What we don't talk about when we talk about HIV and AIDS.

Kurt Hollander: The Avatars Of The Martian

Written on November 30, 2015 at 11:40 am, by

Do Hollywood blockbusters fuel corporate space exploitation?

Omar Robert Hamilton: Welcome to Lesvos

Written on November 24, 2015 at 9:28 am, by

Two weeks as a volunteer at a refugee camp in Greece.

Luc Sante: My Method is the Magpie’s

Written on November 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm, by

The critic discusses his new book on the grittier side of Paris, and the effect terrorism might have on France.

Melissa R. Sipin: Scorched-Earth

Written on November 20, 2015 at 1:41 am, by

Flash Fiction: I remember their voices. Hushed when the sun beat on our backs, loud when the moon returned, illuminating our darknesses.

Will I Die a Muslim?

Written on November 20, 2015 at 1:40 am, by

The repercussions of being Muslim after the Paris Attacks

What a Panic Attack Looks Like

Written on November 19, 2015 at 7:00 am, by

An illustrated inquiry

The Architecture of Racism at Yale University

Written on November 18, 2015 at 9:00 am, by

What it’s really like to be a student of color in the Ivy league.

A Line Through the Heart of Paris, the French Prime Meridian

Written on November 17, 2015 at 11:47 am, by

Part II: The Scientist Who Kept Pushing, a continuation of A Line Through the Heart of Paris, the original Prime Meridian.

A Line Through the Heart of Paris, the French Prime Meridian

Written on November 16, 2015 at 8:57 am, by

Part I: Following La Meridienne de Paris and meeting François Arago.

Michael Salu: Family Business

Written on November 12, 2015 at 9:53 am, by

Yahdon Israel talks to Michael Salu about moving between texts and images

Native Daughter

Written on November 6, 2015 at 9:44 am, by

An excerpt from Ellis Avery's upcoming book of essays, The Family Tooth.

Suspicions

Written on November 5, 2015 at 9:41 am, by

The acclaimed Mexican writer explores the paranoia of life amongst cartels.

Museum as Laboratory

Written on November 4, 2015 at 9:57 am, by

A new exhibition in Pittsburgh explores the modernist past of the city's architecture, and the way forward.

Spice Use There, is Drug Use Everywhere

Written on November 3, 2015 at 10:09 am, by

Recent studies out of Alaska suggest there is much to learn about recidivism and treatment in preventing drug related violence nationwide.

When the Lobbying Underdogs Get Ahead

Written on November 2, 2015 at 9:30 am, by

A look at how the Iran Deal was made possible by unlikely groups.

Rahat Kurd: Out of It: An Exchange with Palestinian-British Writer Selma Dabbagh

Written on October 29, 2015 at 9:41 am, by

Selma Dabbagh talks about the personal and political in her debut novel, Out of It.

Gabriella Ekman: Does Europe Really Have a Refugee Crisis?

Written on October 28, 2015 at 9:31 am, by

Europe has the capacity to receive refugees, they just don't want to.

Peter Trachtenberg: Slip Away

Written on October 27, 2015 at 9:15 am, by

Remembering the iconic voice of Lou Reed, who died two years ago today.

Kristen Martin: Investigation, from the Latin investigationem

Written on October 26, 2015 at 9:26 am, by

The daughter of a late police officer reflects on what it means to have an academic father in the force.

Cristina Henríquez: The Stories of the Unknown

Written on October 22, 2015 at 1:26 pm, by

Michelle García speaks to Cristina Henríquez about her latest novel

Maggy Donaldson: A Far Cry from Van Gogh

Written on October 21, 2015 at 9:03 am, by

Seasonal agricultural workers in France face more challenges than ever before.

Chloe Wyma: To Aestheticize Politics

Written on October 20, 2015 at 10:31 am, by

The nebulous function of political art

Jenny Pritchett: Funny Money

Written on October 15, 2015 at 9:24 am, by

When the law is lawless.

Sarah Menkedick: Caught in the Middle

Written on October 14, 2015 at 9:35 am, by

Reflections on a family whose heritage spans borders, but whose separate experiences continues to divide them in their own home.

Jen Manion: When White Liberals (and Black Elites) Make Things Worse

Written on October 13, 2015 at 9:10 am, by

A historical perspective on language and the criminalization of African Americans.

Marvin George and Jouvay Ayiti: Playing Devil’s Advocate with Mas

Written on October 12, 2015 at 9:30 am, by

This Columbus Day, a Caribbean carnival arts collective invokes the deeper principles behind Carnival masquerades to create social change.

Osama Alomar: The Name

Written on October 9, 2015 at 11:53 am, by

Flash Fiction: He dug his nails into the smooth cover

Writing In The Bellies Of Beasts: An Interview with Lincoln Michel

Written on October 8, 2015 at 10:21 am, by

The writer and editor speaks about beastliness in fiction, founding a literary journal, and avoiding the lure of “faux-weirdness” in his work.

Amy Brill: To Be Communicated in Every Home

Written on October 7, 2015 at 10:57 am, by

A mother reflects on fears and stark statistics, following another school shooting.

Chris Lombardi: The Bergdahl Discussion Dilemma

Written on October 5, 2015 at 11:54 am, by

The risky story-telling complicit in the public discourse on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Paul Auckland Best: The Barrel

Written on October 2, 2015 at 9:37 am, by

For a sign language interpreter at a murder trial, the crowning achievement is utter neutrality.

Rattanamol Singh: Fences

Written on October 2, 2015 at 9:24 am, by

Good fences make good neighbors, graveyards, and mariachi bands.

Matt Huynh: Drawing Between the Lines

Written on October 1, 2015 at 12:40 am, by

Occupy Wall Street artist pens interactive online comic about Vietnamese refugees

Ann Neumann: The Homemade Death Penalty

Written on September 30, 2015 at 11:40 am, by

Faced with a shortage of killer drugs, Texas executioners have begun manufacturing their own pentobarbital, a lawsuit charges.

Robin Cloud: When The End Comes

Written on September 29, 2015 at 10:54 am, by

“Divorce, a fresh start.”

Karen Benke: Reviving The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Written on September 29, 2015 at 10:54 am, by

“The radical creative act of freeing the inner, and outer, child.”

Andrea Maurer: High Hitler

Written on September 28, 2015 at 10:58 am, by

A look into the megalomaniac’s drug addiction.

Joseph Roth: The Mother

Written on September 25, 2015 at 11:45 am, by

Flash Fiction: Even while she lay in hospital she was trembling for the well-being of her son

Manash Bhattacharjee: And Quiet Flows the Kopili

Written on September 24, 2015 at 11:46 am, by

Violence and citizenship in Assam, as experienced by its forgotten

Melissa Febos: Scarification

Written on September 24, 2015 at 11:46 am, by

The winning entry of the 2015 Center for Women Writers Prize in Creative Nonfiction

Jennie Erin Smith: The Humboldt House

Written on September 22, 2015 at 8:52 am, by

Retracing Von Humboldt's footsteps, two centuries later, in a van.

Maren Meinhardt on the Romantic Scientist: Alexander von Humboldt Under the Palm Trees

Written on September 22, 2015 at 8:50 am, by

Why a once forgotten scientist’s steps across South America are so tempting to retrace.

Ava Kofman: Will Virtual Reality Make Us Feel Better?

Written on September 21, 2015 at 11:46 am, by

Empathy and immersion in virtual worlds.

Erica Berry: The Instafam’s Table

Written on September 18, 2015 at 1:12 am, by

A journey towards cold, hard, shiny food.

Steve Toltz: Writers and Bad People

Written on September 17, 2015 at 9:31 am, by

Julia Pierpont sits down with Australian novelist Steve Toltz to discuss his new novel, writing about writers, paralysis, and why you should attend your high school reunion.

Lawrence Lenhart: Captioning Novitiate

Written on September 16, 2015 at 11:40 am, by

Myanmar’s newest monks and the politics of almsgiving.

Kristi DiLallo: The Language of Grief

Written on September 16, 2015 at 11:39 am, by

How art can provide us with different languages for discussing loss.

Matthew Gavin Frank: Of Devils and Flowers

Written on September 14, 2015 at 11:39 am, by

Boundaries of Nature: An outtake from the book Preparing The Ghost, a writer’s playful foray into the world of a squid photographer.

Jennifer S. Cheng: What’s In A Name

Written on September 14, 2015 at 11:38 am, by

The appropriation of Michael Derrick Hudson as “Yi-Fen Chou”.

Andrew S. Lewis: Explorative Strategies

Written on September 11, 2015 at 8:28 am, by

Boundaries of Nature: What happens after we commodify the waves?

Andrés Neuman: A Terribly Perfect Couple

Written on September 11, 2015 at 8:27 am, by

Flash Fiction:"What a perfect couple, two halves of the same little orange."

Ed Winstead: Green Thumbs in the Motor City

Written on September 10, 2015 at 11:03 am, by

Boundaries of Nature: Huge swaths of Detroit have been surrendered to the wild. What happens when we try to take them back?

Bix Gabriel: MFA Year 2, Week 1

Written on September 9, 2015 at 11:32 am, by

Imagining Tunacorn and Skunkinex in ‘Immigrant Fiction.’

Mark Warren: The Evolution of Comfort

Written on September 9, 2015 at 11:32 am, by

How we have been disenfranchised of our natural inheritance.

Bsrat Mezghebe: Swimming While Eritrean

Written on September 8, 2015 at 7:42 am, by

Wading through the dark waters of migration.

Ella Boureau: Towards a Place That is Not Home

Written on September 8, 2015 at 7:41 am, by

The city of lights, migrant refugees, and gay Muslim weddings.

Katrina Woznicki: How To Save A Bookstore

Written on September 7, 2015 at 10:34 am, by

A small bookstore pilots a new business model to stay afloat. Will it work?

Abigail Rasminsky: In Dodge Hall with Oliver Sacks

Written on September 4, 2015 at 9:35 am, by

A former student remembers the late Oliver Sacks.

Ellis Avery: On Fear

Written on September 4, 2015 at 9:32 am, by

Ellis Avery on facing illness.

John Washington: The New International Jim Crow is a Fat Cat Capi#&$$st Motherf#$@er

Written on September 3, 2015 at 9:23 am, by

America’s racist and rapacious War on Drugs travels abroad.

Susan Fox Rogers: Sycamore Canyon

Written on September 3, 2015 at 9:21 am, by

When the escape of bird watching along the Mexican border offers a glimpse of harsher realities.

Dan Sinykin: The Silly Season

Written on September 1, 2015 at 8:46 am, by

The view of the 2016 presidential race at the Iowa State Fair is less than inspiring.

Ebadur Rahman: The Resilience in a Smile

Written on August 26, 2015 at 9:43 am, by

Reflections on the legacy of a relief initiative strengthened through its own tragedy.

Kate Newman and Rodrigo Fuentes: Bible in One Hand, Constitution in the Other

Written on August 25, 2015 at 8:54 am, by

The politics of Christianity in Guatemala.

Gilbert Hernandez: I Saw My Neighborhood as the World

Written on August 24, 2015 at 8:39 am, by

The elder statesman of alt comix looks back on the legendary series he co-created, Love and Rockets.

Aditi Sriram: Wordplay in Wonderland

Written on August 24, 2015 at 8:38 am, by

Celebrating 150 years of art, artifact, and Alice.

Ben Warner: Luck

Written on August 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm, by

Flash Fiction:“You’re so very lucky,” he said, “to live this way.”

Venkat Srinivasan: Public Dissent

Written on August 20, 2015 at 9:52 am, by

Photographs of inquiry and discourse across San Francisco.

Grace Moon: An Artist Grows in Cuba

Written on August 19, 2015 at 10:04 am, by

A sneak peak of Maria Elena Gonzalez’s solo show at the 31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Joe Winkler: What can Israel Teach us About Racism?

Written on August 12, 2015 at 9:56 am, by

The plight of Ethiopian Israelis.

Amanda Lee Koe: On the 50th Anniversary of Singapore’s Independence

Written on August 10, 2015 at 9:27 am, by

Singapore may be one of the world’s leading financial centers, but is governing against ideology risky business for democracy?

Kristabelle Munson: Onyx

Written on August 7, 2015 at 10:57 am, by

Flash Fiction:"We pull the tide towards the shore."

Joshua Tranen: On Extremism and the Control of Bodies

Written on August 7, 2015 at 10:56 am, by

Two acts of terrorism stir up memories of the West Bank and homophobia.

Emily Strasser: Letter from Hiroshima

Written on August 6, 2015 at 9:25 am, by

On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, the granddaughter of one of the scientists who made the bomb pays a visit to ground zero.

Thomas Larson: On Medical Authority

Written on August 6, 2015 at 9:21 am, by

In a sea of books and media on medicine and illness, too few give voice to the patients.

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan: Bobby Jindal and the Hyphenated American

Written on August 5, 2015 at 10:17 am, by

Jindal mistakes entry into the American mainstream as a matter of shedding a hyphen.

Jonathan Weisman: The Journalist as Novelist

Written on August 4, 2015 at 11:33 am, by

Jonathan Weisman on his new novel No. 4 Imperial Lane and a family history that might make you feel better about your own.

Elizabeth Adams: Romantic Dissonance

Written on July 27, 2015 at 9:44 am, by

Contradictions in the language of love and law.

Clarice Lispector: Monkeys

Written on July 24, 2015 at 10:28 am, by

Flash Fiction: “Macacos”

Scott Korb: Friends to This Ground

Written on July 23, 2015 at 11:05 am, by

Why the solitary work of a writer shouldn’t be tackled alone.

Joel Breuklander: How to Never Argue about Genre Again: New American Stories, edited by Ben Marcus

Written on July 21, 2015 at 11:37 am, by

Joel Breuklander on what this anthology says about the state of short American fiction.

James Orbesen: Let’s Party Like it’s 1984

Written on July 21, 2015 at 11:35 am, by

Does Hollywood’s reboot obsession point to a more pervasive cultural trend?

Megan Alpert: Justice and Peace in the Shrinking Forest, Part Two

Written on July 20, 2015 at 10:25 am, by

Part II, The Free Men of the Forest: The consequences of oil, development, and state intervention in an indigenous community.

Venkat Srinivasan: We Need The Water

Written on July 16, 2015 at 9:10 am, by

A look inside the systems that move and manage California’s dwindling water supply, and the debates over who and what needs water most.

Megan Alpert: Justice and Peace in the Shrinking Forest, Part One

Written on July 16, 2015 at 9:09 am, by

Part I, Ordinary Justice: After a spate of killings in 2013, an indigenous community threatened by oil operations struggles to come to terms with their new reality.

Danniel Schoonebeek: Excerpts From C’est la guerre

Written on July 15, 2015 at 10:34 am, by

A poet chronicles a backstage view of America by rail.

Jessica Machado: The Shame We Carried

Written on July 14, 2015 at 10:02 am, by

I’ll never know what my mother wanted or felt about whether to keep her baby—it simply wasn’t up to her.

Amalia Melis: Waiting for Greece

Written on July 14, 2015 at 10:01 am, by

Can the past save the future?

Ryan Bloom: Oh, The Places You Will Go!

Written on July 13, 2015 at 10:52 am, by

Flash Fiction: “Go? Stay?”— the uncertainty a stain of recursive ink, irremovable—“Stay? Go?”—the choice, the freedom to choose suffocating like a plastic bag atop her head.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The South Doesn’t Have a Monopoly on our Racist History

Written on July 9, 2015 at 10:53 am, by

We should take down the Confederate flag, but racism has always been and continues to be a national issue. A case study of Crandall v. State before the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1834 serves as a prime example.

Rob Spillman: No Anne Frank

Written on July 3, 2015 at 10:31 am, by

Readpolitik: With this sneaky, survival-focused narrator Aron, Jim Shepard elevates the ordinary and makes a necessary addition to the literature of the Holocaust.

Sarah Viren: A Homoparental Family

Written on July 3, 2015 at 10:28 am, by

Pausing to count all the ways ‘homo’ can be a prefix.

Shannon Reed: The Compliment Game

Written on July 1, 2015 at 10:23 am, by

Sticks and stones and Beginning Playwriting.

Julia Ingalls: Crush + Vision

Written on July 1, 2015 at 10:21 am, by

Revealing the unexpected, rejuvenating powers of a crush.

Roslyn Bernstein: Into the Closet

Written on June 30, 2015 at 10:53 am, by

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, a traveling exhibit on the treatment of homosexuals under Nazism sheds light on a darker period.

Danielle Lanzet: In My End Is My Beginning

Written on June 24, 2015 at 11:52 am, by

Literati meet digerati, meet love, meet heartbreak.

Meakin Armstrong: Love’s Not Bulletproof

Written on June 23, 2015 at 9:01 am, by

A white Charlestonian says the recent shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. church is the inevitable outcome of white privilege.

Bo Wang: Doric Columns in Chongqing

Written on June 22, 2015 at 8:54 am, by

Jacob Kiernan interviews the filmmaker on his upcoming project in Hong Kong, dislodged cultural identity, and the evolution of wedding photography in China.

Matt Burriesci: The Arts and Humanities Aren’t Worth a Dime

Written on June 22, 2015 at 8:52 am, by

Against correct answers and workplace utility.

Christy Wampole: On Awkwardness

Written on June 18, 2015 at 9:08 am, by

It’s unbearable, hilarious, ancient, and everywhere, and we shouldn’t be afraid.

George Gao: What Cannot Be Said

Written on June 17, 2015 at 9:40 am, by

Can a country so fixated on the future simply forget its recent past?

Jessica Hopper: Remember the Women

Written on June 15, 2015 at 9:00 am, by

Ian F. Blair interviews music critic Jessica Hopper on zines, fangirls, and being consumed by records.

Helen Rosner: On Chicken Tenders

Written on June 12, 2015 at 8:53 am, by

Boundaries of Taste: Perfection, performance, and the allure of the kids’ menu.

Aya de Leon: Fifty Shades of Political Torture

Written on June 11, 2015 at 9:27 am, by

Boundaries of Taste: Often derided as tasteless schlock, could the Fifty Shades novels actually reflect something much more serious?

Laura C. Mallonee: Richard Pryor’s Peoria

Written on June 4, 2015 at 9:30 am, by

The childhood of a comedy legend, archived.

Juan Villoro: Violence-Meter

Written on June 4, 2015 at 9:29 am, by

The acclaimed Mexican author confronts the normalization of violence.

Andria Alefhi: Permanent Immigrants

Written on June 3, 2015 at 10:31 am, by

When the right to free speech isn't as easy as it sounds.

Kavita Das: Jyoti’s Rainbow

Written on June 3, 2015 at 10:30 am, by

Protesting horrific human ugliness through art.

Matt Bell: The Actions of Brave Men

Written on May 29, 2015 at 11:10 am, by

Flash Fiction: What he could tell himself hurt no one. A hierarchy of opportunity and morality.

Victoria Bouloubasis: #Caravana43 in North Carolina

Written on May 27, 2015 at 11:45 am, by

How the Ayotzinapa case is sparking a movement in the South.

Agri Ismaïl: Heartwound and the Bouncy Castle

Written on May 27, 2015 at 11:44 am, by

In Kurdistan, refugees at a carnival.

Kelly Link: The Shadow of the Real

Written on May 26, 2015 at 11:28 am, by

In The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter put her own spin on horror, the gothic, and old fairy tales, expanding the limits and possibilities of fiction.

Una Mullally: In the Name of Love

Written on May 19, 2015 at 8:35 am, by

An interview with Irish journalist and LGBT rights activist Una Mullally.

Randall Horton: Because Hook Doesn’t Exist

Written on May 18, 2015 at 9:46 am, by

Flash Fiction: Convince yourself the race never stops running, that memory will eat you alive.

Andrew Rose: Capturing Reality and Erasing Memory

Written on May 11, 2015 at 9:23 am, by

On the sublime in Sally Mann, the painful reminders of Nan Goldin, and the impossibility of understanding the past.

Aminatta Forna: The Ibex

Written on May 11, 2015 at 9:22 am, by

Flash Fiction: Ibex. He loves the majesty of the word. And she possesses a majestic beauty, it is in the ellipse of her eye, the rearward drift of her horns.

Peter Richardson: In a Minor Key

Written on May 7, 2015 at 9:31 am, by

Fact-checking the relationship between Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.

Jonathan Guyer: Punch Me Up, Punch Me Down

Written on May 5, 2015 at 8:55 am, by

Satirists and cartoonists working in the Middle East weigh in on PEN, Charlie Hebdo, and the meaning of free expression.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: Like Man Bites Dog

Written on May 4, 2015 at 10:06 am, by

The Roberts Court—and Roberts himself—upholds a campaign finance rule.

Rachel Holmes: Eleanor Marx’s Radical Freedom

Written on May 1, 2015 at 11:42 am, by

Natasha Lewis interviews Rachel Holmes, author of a new biography that elevates the life of Karl Marx's daughter, the pioneering feminist and socialist organizer.

Patrick Thomas Casey: Taller Than a Man—Contemporary Lynching and White America

Written on May 1, 2015 at 8:53 am, by

In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, and so many others, what can we learn from the violence in our past?

Aoko Matsuda: Love Isn’t Easy When You’re the National Anthem

Written on May 1, 2015 at 8:50 am, by

Flash Fiction:You were the only person in the whole building who wasn’t singing me.

Sarah Beth Childers: Portraits within Portraits

Written on April 30, 2015 at 8:59 am, by

A family held together by a photo frame.

Bree: Normal

Written on April 27, 2015 at 8:26 am, by

Flash Fiction: But you're a lesbian, aren't you? You become the person in his head.

Kristina Kay Robinson: What’s Old Is New Again

Written on April 22, 2015 at 9:12 am, by

In the face of mass displacement, unsolved murders, and discriminatory housing policies, New Orleans’ Black community survives in part through its artistic traditions and spirit of collectivity.

Ananda Devi: Killing Stones

Written on April 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm, by

Flash Fiction:They came with their guns and their tools and no time to contemplate Time.

Nissa Rhee: Back to War

Written on April 15, 2015 at 9:55 am, by

Vietnam and Iraq war veterans find closure only by returning to their war zones.

Avi Asher-Schapiro: Working in the Coal Mine

Written on April 14, 2015 at 10:13 am, by

In the 19th and 20th centuries, energy workers were at the forefront of progressive social reform. Is a similar union possible in the current age of fracking, oil sands, and climate change?

Amy Gastelum: Miscarriage or Murder?

Written on April 13, 2015 at 9:39 am, by

Purvi Patel's conviction in Indiana sets a dangerous precedent for using feticide laws to persecute women.

Cormac James: The Scab

Written on April 10, 2015 at 10:11 am, by

Flash Fiction: Every now and then, for my troubles, I get a little reward.

Dinika Amaral: Finding Language in the Code

Written on April 8, 2015 at 10:29 am, by

A writer finds herself with the help of Vikram Chandra and his latest book, Geek Sublime.

Stephen Asher: Caduceus at the Crossroads

Written on April 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm, by

A lifelong practitioner has a prescription for medicine.

Rob Spillman: Satire and Macro-Aggressions

Written on March 31, 2015 at 9:34 am, by

Readpolitik: Paul Beatty’s The Sellout skewers the idea of “post-racial” society.

Matt Waters: Memories of the Future

Written on March 27, 2015 at 10:13 am, by

A visit to the 9/11 Museum that lasts much longer than visiting hours.

Lost Art From The First Millennium

Written on March 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm, by

Shanoor Seervai interviews Met curator John Guy on ancient Hindu and Buddhist art, excavating shipwrecks, and the growing influence of Eastern art in the West.

Kendra Atleework: Why Must One House Burn While Another Is Spared?

Written on March 23, 2015 at 10:15 am, by

The aftermath of a wildfire reaches every part of you.

Anne Boyer: Data’s Work is Never Done

Written on March 13, 2015 at 7:12 am, by

Boundaries of Gender: In medicine, the work of care and the work of data converge.

Benjamin Percy: Man Camp

Written on March 12, 2015 at 9:05 am, by

Boundaries of Gender: Getting out of doors, getting connected, and never calling anyone “bro.”

DW Gibson: Don’t Call This the East Village

Written on March 11, 2015 at 8:45 am, by

A squatter’s history of gentrification.

Gregory Pardlo: The Poem as Pursuit

Written on March 10, 2015 at 8:35 am, by

“I wanted history I could touch like a flank of a beast.”

Karissa Chen: Pomegranate

Written on March 10, 2015 at 8:34 am, by

Flash Fiction: Her name sounding like coming, like arrived, like I am here.

Chantal Berman and Elizabeth Nugent: Reinventing the Revolution in Tunis

Written on March 4, 2015 at 8:49 am, by

Four years after its revolution, what has changed for Tunisia, and for the rest of the world?

Liesl Schillinger: Darkness at Midnight

Written on March 2, 2015 at 8:45 am, by

Boris Nemtsov had the courage to demand justice in Russia and to challenge Putin's regime; it cost him his life.

Rob Spillman: On “Miranda July”

Written on February 26, 2015 at 9:41 am, by

Readpolitik: When whimsy becomes a weapon.

Roslyn Bernstein: The Left Front

Written on February 25, 2015 at 8:27 am, by

Re-examining the radical art of the “Red Decade.”

Seth Endo & Liz Kennedy: Citizens United, the Koch Brothers, Corruption, and Democracy

Written on February 24, 2015 at 9:48 am, by

What the explosion in private political spending means now, five years after Citizens United.

Bryan Hurt: Moonless

Written on February 24, 2015 at 9:46 am, by

Flash Fiction: Stars are not meant to be kept in boxes.

Claire Nielsen: Apartheid’s Final Outpost

Written on February 23, 2015 at 9:19 am, by

In Orania, South Africa’s last remaining white-only town, the country’s history of racial segregation and white supremacy lives on.

Tim Gray: The Monochrome Industry

Written on February 20, 2015 at 9:20 am, by

Retha Powers talks to the awards editor and former editor-in-chief of Variety about the Oscars, and Hollywood's diversity problem.

Robin Hemley: When You Put it That Way

Written on February 19, 2015 at 9:34 am, by

On meeting fugitive Nehanda Abiodun in Cuba, on crossing other borders.

A Louisiana Teacher’s Immodest Proposal for Synchronized Maternity Leave

Written on February 18, 2015 at 9:01 am, by

After her workplace, a Catholic school, dropped contraceptive coverage from the employee health care plan, one teacher came up with a proposal of her own.

Dr. Robert Klitzman: Piercing Your Armor

Written on February 17, 2015 at 10:51 am, by

Grace Bello talks to Columbia University bioethics professor Dr. Robert Klitzman about the anti-vaccination movement in the U.S. and its potent mix of misinformation, partisan politics, and fear.

Dawn Davis: Launching Inkwell Book Club

Written on February 11, 2015 at 10:35 am, by

Aditi Sriram talks with the founder of Inkwell, an online national black book club that launched yesterday, about supporting black writers and influencing the marketplace..

Alissa Nutting: The Transparency Project

Written on February 10, 2015 at 8:01 am, by

Flash Fiction: She watched her heart beating again and again like an unanswered question, like a phone in her chest that would not stop ringing.

Marissa Higgins: No Results Found

Written on February 9, 2015 at 9:32 am, by

I know where my mother is, and still I cannot find her.

Manash Bhattacharjee: Let Children Be

Written on February 3, 2015 at 10:26 am, by

On violence against children after the Peshawar tragedy.

Céline Sciamma: Bande De Filles

Written on February 3, 2015 at 10:24 am, by

Alex Zafiris talks to French director Céline Sciamma about her new film, Girlhood.

Olivier Morel and Maël: The Ongoing War

Written on January 29, 2015 at 8:58 am, by

Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day. In the graphic novel Walking Wounded, Olivier Morel and Maël set out to tell their stories.

Michelle Dove: Alt Vices

Written on January 29, 2015 at 8:56 am, by

Flash Fiction: When I feel a human-sized void, is it instinctual that I fill it with a human?

Samantha Tucker: Kitchen Remodel

Written on January 27, 2015 at 7:47 am, by

One mother repaints her walls the color of grief.

Jeremy Lybarger: Ronald Reagan’s Black Magic Man

Written on January 26, 2015 at 8:19 am, by

A President’s superstitions and an astrologer’s fate.

Jon Rubin: Conflict Kitchen

Written on January 16, 2015 at 10:16 am, by

Chelsea Haines talks with artist Jon Rubin about the surprisingly controversial politics of serving Palestinian food in Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Guyer: The Dangerous Lives of Cartoonists

Written on January 15, 2015 at 10:45 am, by

Cartoonists across the Middle East denounced the Charlie Hebdo murders with work that reflects their own daily struggle against censorship and intimidation.

The Evolution of Bernice

Written on January 14, 2015 at 11:00 am, by

Being an immigrant made me feel different, but it was the color of my skin that marked me as suspect.

The Quantum Theory of Suffering or Why I Look at the Moon

Written on January 13, 2015 at 9:50 am, by

Flash Fiction: Do you really think the moon only exists when you are looking at it?

In Hong Kong, the Last Days of Occupy

Written on January 7, 2015 at 9:19 am, by

As the powers that be dismantle what remains of Hong Kong's mass protest movement, thoughts on winners and losers and the city's future.

Fleeing Syria for Physical and Emotional Refuge

Written on January 6, 2015 at 10:59 am, by

The story of two asylum-seekers’ journey to Denmark.

Editors’ Reading Recs: New Year’s Revolution

Written on January 1, 2015 at 9:00 am, by

These books won’t help you drop 10 pounds or achieve Inbox Zero, but they will remind you of the power of brand new ideas.

Meara Sharma & Henry Peck: A Non-Place by the Sea

Written on December 23, 2014 at 10:54 am, by

When a storm destroyed Dhanushkodi, the government ordered it emptied. Fifty years later, we meet the people who stayed.

Manash Bhattacharjee: Return to ‘Commitment’?

Written on December 15, 2014 at 10:50 am, by

The politics of Picasso, Sartre, prose, and poetry.

Humera Afridi: The Call of the Dervish

Written on December 15, 2014 at 12:01 am, by

Religion in America: Pilgrimages to a master of mysteries in the Bronx.

Mallika Kaur, Harpreet Kaur Neelam, and Kirpa Kaur: Sikh Feminism and SAFAR

Written on December 12, 2014 at 9:56 am, by

Daring to celebrate an egalitarian tradition.

Lucy McKeon: The Meaning of Coincidence

Written on December 11, 2014 at 10:09 am, by

Religion in America: Jung’s concept of synchronicity was supposed to help us understand the world’s more wondrous events. Then Self-Help hijacked the idea to make it all about us.

Raillan Brooks: #MyBlackTeacher is About the Black Lives That Matter to You

Written on December 11, 2014 at 10:04 am, by

When you know us, it’s harder to kill us.

Rob Spillman: Shades of Gray in Patrick Modiano’s Paris

Written on December 10, 2014 at 10:47 am, by

Readpolitik: Reading the new Nobel laureate’s misty, wintry fictions in his misty, wintry city.

Elisabeth Frost: Mother and Daughter

Written on December 9, 2014 at 9:49 am, by

Flash Fiction: The daughter, the one they think they made all by themselves, holds the hand, and holds also the head, unwise and old and greedy.

Jan Bindas-Tenney: The Border Crisis in Leisureville

Written on December 8, 2014 at 10:54 am, by

In Arizona, the Samaritans are working to provide water and aid to immigrants crossing the border—in spite of sabotaged water bottles and harassment from border patrol.

Cindy Lamothe: Fireworks in June

Written on December 3, 2014 at 9:29 am, by

Making a run for it through El Salvador’s violent and burning streets, before curfew begins.

Janee Woods: A Different Kind of Justice

Written on December 1, 2014 at 10:55 am, by

Punitive justice won't bring back Michael Brown--or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice or Trayvon Martin or John Crawford. Why unraveling systemic racism starts with communities, not courts.

Kaya Genç: Windows in the House of History

Written on November 26, 2014 at 9:41 am, by

Hilary Mantel’s The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher offers the same lesson to matter public and private: it could always have been otherwise.

Thomas Larson: The Music Is Always There, Part 2

Written on November 25, 2014 at 10:15 am, by

Reflections on jazz, improvisation, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest, 2014.

Thomas Larson: The Music Is Always There, Part 1

Written on November 24, 2014 at 10:42 am, by

Reflections on jazz, improvisation, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest, 2014.

Amanda Michalopoulou: Deer in the Woods

Written on November 18, 2014 at 11:03 am, by

Flash Fiction: What, for you, is the clearest image of happiness?

Nancy Kricorian: Pilgrimage as/or Resistance

Written on November 14, 2014 at 10:12 am, by

A trip to Turkey sparks a search for the ghosts of the Armenian genocide.

Şükran Moral: The Slow Unsilencing

Written on November 12, 2014 at 8:20 am, by

On the eve of Contemporary Istanbul, Rachel Friedman talks with one of Turkey’s most controversial artists about performance, process, and what happens when your art makes you a target.

Mary Mann: Weiter

Written on November 11, 2014 at 9:28 am, by

A tale of belonging and not belonging in Mallorca, Spain.

Rob Spillman: Yes, It’s about Racism

Written on November 10, 2014 at 9:54 am, by

Readpolitik: On Claudia Rankine’s polemical poetry.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee: How Should a Doctor Act?

Written on November 7, 2014 at 10:36 am, by

New York City: an infection story.

Rebecca Saletan: Magic and Mechanics

Written on November 5, 2014 at 8:43 am, by

The editorial director of Riverhead Books talks with Rachel Riederer about the intimacy of editing, hunkering down in the White House, and why book publishers remain essential in the digital age.

Venkat Srinivasan: Meeting Evil with Force

Written on October 31, 2014 at 10:30 am, by

How did we get here? Where we feel guns protect more lives than they destroy?

Alexi Zentner: And a Lie

Written on October 31, 2014 at 10:27 am, by

Flash Fiction: “Perhaps,” he said, drawing the word out, “I didn’t quite understand the game."

Elisa Albert: Where Do I Write? All Over The Damn Place

Written on October 30, 2014 at 11:31 am, by

On community, urban sprawl, infant mortality, and the Albany food co-op.

Erik Wennermark: The Laundry and Dust Are Higher Every Day

Written on October 29, 2014 at 8:00 am, by

Our latest dispatch from the pro-democracy Occupy movement in Hong Kong and the frustrating talks between students and government officials.

Stephen Darcy Collins: In Kobani

Written on October 27, 2014 at 7:11 am, by

ISIS and the sadistic theater of learned helplessness.

Kaya Genç: The Keys to the Kingdom

Written on October 23, 2014 at 9:27 am, by

In his new book, Owen Jones doesn’t convince with his conspiratorial theory of a neoliberal British Establishment, but he makes a vivid case for the disastrous effects of that ideology.

Francisco Cantú: Dark Work on the Border

Written on October 22, 2014 at 9:17 am, by

Remembering the late journalist Charles Bowden, who chronicled the depths of the violence consuming Mexico.

Rohini Mohan: “Prachanai” (Trouble) in Sri Lanka, Past and Present

Written on October 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm, by

Aditi Sriram talks with the author of 'The Seasons of Trouble' about the five years it took her to write about Sri Lanka post-civil war, and whether the 'trouble' is really over.

Editors’ Picks: Books We’re Falling For

Written on October 20, 2014 at 8:27 am, by

The new books our staffers are loving this autumn.

Tana Wojczuk: Gone Girl, Bluebeard, and the Meaning of Marriage

Written on October 17, 2014 at 10:23 am, by

A response to Elif Batuman’s “Marriage is an Abduction.”

Dana Goldstein: How Should a Teacher Be?

Written on October 16, 2014 at 9:31 am, by

Lara Zarum interviews the author of "The Teacher Wars" on the history of education reform and the future of teaching.

Vijay Parthasarathy: Iron Fist, Silver Tongue

Written on October 15, 2014 at 11:16 am, by

Consider this practical advice before running a successful dictatorship.

Roslyn Bernstein: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s “New York: Assembled Realities”

Written on October 14, 2014 at 9:35 am, by

Liao’s panoramic images of the city appear to be documentary. In fact, nothing is true.

Erik Wennermark: City of Protest

Written on October 13, 2014 at 8:19 am, by

In Hong Kong, participatory democracy fights the forces of inertia and autocracy.

Rob Spillman: Is This the Real Life?

Written on October 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm, by

Readpolitik: The real political choices in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 and Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of the Shank

Richard Flanagan: More Corpses Than Words

Written on October 9, 2014 at 10:37 am, by

The author of Booker-shortlisted novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North talks with Dwyer Murphy about the Death Railway, family history, and the trouble with empathy.

Katherine Hill: May, Monrovia

Written on October 9, 2014 at 10:34 am, by

Notes from the eve of an epidemic.

Ben Steele: Russia’s Violent Intolerance

Written on October 8, 2014 at 10:15 am, by

Lara Zarum talks to Steele, director of the documentary Hunted, about his experience following Russia’s brutal anti-gay vigilante groups.

Erik Wennermark: Will the Center Hold?

Written on October 6, 2014 at 10:19 am, by

As protests continue in Hong Kong, pro-Beijing forces threaten the movement for self-determination.

Erik Wennermark: Sorry for Inconveniencing You! Thank You for a Better Future!

Written on October 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm, by

Dispatch from Hong Kong's Occupy Central.

Shazia Yousuf: The Hidden Damage

Written on October 2, 2014 at 10:29 am, by

In the 1990s, as Kashmiri men fighting Indian occupation were tortured and killed, Kashmiri women silently suffered through a different kind of war.

Empire by the Numbers

Written on September 30, 2014 at 10:18 am, by

American Empires: Guernica's staff collects some facts and figures on who has the power (and the money) in America today.

Ed Winstead: Empire of Sighs

Written on September 30, 2014 at 9:49 am, by

American Empires: The talking heads are giving us bad information. So why are we still listening?

Jessica Machado: Falling Behind the Kardashians

Written on September 29, 2014 at 8:53 am, by

American Empires: In defense of Rob Kardashian, and turning your back on the family business.

Rick Lowe: Heart of the City

Written on September 25, 2014 at 10:50 am, by

Nicole Audrey Spector interviews the artist, community advocate, and MacArthur "genius" grant winner about the power and limits of art in troubled communities.

Zimri Yaseen: the puzzle box

Written on September 24, 2014 at 10:35 am, by

Flash Fiction: she told me that at one i reached out and struck his closed right hand with my fat unsteady palm.

Virginia Konchan: Who’s Afraid of Tim Horton, Eco-Socialism, and Living off the State-Funded Grid?

Written on September 23, 2014 at 8:17 am, by

How labor issues are expressed through assimilation and exile, in fiction and in real life.

Avi Asher-Schapiro: Obama’s Elephant Gun

Written on September 22, 2014 at 11:00 am, by

Is the US attacking ISIS to avoid looking the fool?

Daniel Kehlmann: Forging the Artist

Written on September 19, 2014 at 11:02 am, by

Philip Zimmerman talks with the acclaimed novelist about false starts, art world con games, and why fate draws us to the novel.

Margaret Klein: We Need to Talk

Written on September 19, 2014 at 10:42 am, by

The founder of The Climate Mobilization talks with Bridget Read about how psychology—not science—may be the key to ending America’s climate denial.

Cecily McMillan: Playing With Fire

Written on September 12, 2014 at 10:26 am, by

Nika Knight interviews the Occupy activist about her time in Rikers, the roots of her politics, and her upcoming trial.

Rachel Somerstein: The Selective Memory of 9/11 Iconography

Written on September 11, 2014 at 10:01 am, by

Photos are how we remember. The 9/11 images we no longer see are growing gaps in our collective memory.

Geoff Watkinson: What We Lost

Written on September 11, 2014 at 9:36 am, by

On teaching 9/11.

Courtney Moreno: An Ambulance in Los Angeles

Written on September 10, 2014 at 10:23 am, by

Andrew Rose talks to Courtney Moreno about her new novel, the specter of PTSD, and hazing in medicine.

Rob Spillman: Politics and Apocalypse

Written on September 10, 2014 at 9:54 am, by

Readpolitik The future worlds of David Mitchell and Emily St. John Mandel.

Stephen Darcy Collins: The Sand at Sachsenhausen

Written on September 9, 2014 at 10:29 am, by

Brutality must be compartmentalized in respect for its victims.

Payam Feili: Walking on Water

Written on September 9, 2014 at 10:28 am, by

Flash Fiction: My mother is the goddess of the seas. My fetus still floats in her womb.

Amy Butcher: Why It’s Called A Life Sentence

Written on September 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm, by

Kevin became interesting only after the night he walked me home, committed his crime, and called the police.

Bianca-Olivia Nita: Rewilding the Danube Delta

Written on August 29, 2014 at 10:29 am, by

An environmental opportunity where the Danube River meets the Black Sea.

Lyzette Wanzer: Twisted

Written on August 25, 2014 at 10:47 am, by

What if her braids / dreads / curls could talk?

Kareem James Abu-Zeid: A Search for Justice and Expansive Identities

Written on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 am, by

Nathalie Handal talks to Kareem James Abu-Zeid about translating the Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish and conveying the layered politics and fluid identities found in his work.

Nathan Bradley Bethea: Echoes of Blackwater in Ferguson, Missouri

Written on August 15, 2014 at 10:32 am, by

A veteran of Afghanistan on the botched militarization of the Ferguson police.

Yasmin El-Rifae: The Air Was Hot with Hysterical Nationalism

Written on August 14, 2014 at 10:27 am, by

A year after the Raba’a massacre in Cairo, one writer struggles to redraw her relationship to the city.

Jess Row: Native Sons

Written on August 13, 2014 at 10:48 am, by

A straight white American man on loving James Baldwin and learning to write about race.

Aditya Mani Jha: Revenge of the Offence Collectors

Written on August 12, 2014 at 9:53 am, by

An Indian politician retaliates against religious offenses by compiling his own, even more blasphemous, thoughts on religion.

Xiaolu Guo: I Am China

Written on August 12, 2014 at 9:51 am, by

Flash Fiction: Now, dearest Queen, let me be direct—why I’m writing to you? I need your help in this country.

Kaya Genç: Turkey’s Unofficial Referendum

Written on August 8, 2014 at 10:26 am, by

On Sunday, Turkey will elect a president by direct popular vote for the first time, choosing between drastically different visions for their political system.

Atef Abu Saif: We’re OK in Gaza

Written on August 8, 2014 at 10:24 am, by

Dispatch from Gaza: What is there to do but push back with a bit of stubborn strength, scratch at the thing with your bare fingernails, while your veins still have blood in them?

Laura Kasinof: Between Tradition and Modernity

Written on August 7, 2014 at 10:35 am, by

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgians turned en masse to religion. Today, the Orthodox Church’s conservative beliefs are clashing with the country’s increasingly close ties to the EU.

Mona Abu Sharekh: Without Words

Written on August 6, 2014 at 10:15 am, by

Dispatch from Gaza: A diary entry describes one hour of a sleepless night during the fighting.